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Pamada denies knowledge of meeting  

The proponent for a 45-turbine wind farm west of Scone has denied having any knowledge of the public meeting regarding the development that took place on Sunday.

Pamada project manager Mark Dixon said Pamada was not invited to and unaware of the public forum held on Sunday at Scone RSL Club to discuss the development proposed for Mountain and Middlebrook Stations.

A panel of members from the Victorian Coastal Guardians (VLG) were invited to Scone by concerned neighbours of the Kyoto Energy Park project, to share their experiences with wind farm developments in Victoria.

Despite an open invitation to the meeting being on the front page of last week’s Advocate, Pamada has denied having any knowledge it was on and were not in attendance.

“Given that we did not have anyone present at the meeting, we are not in a position to comment about what went on,” Mr Dixon said.

“If people object or have concerns we are happy to talk to them and we are committed to getting the information out there.”

Of great interest to the residents in attendance was how much power the proposed wind farm would actually produce.

At the meeting, Brisbane Rangers Landscape Guardians member Kevin Ramholt told the crowd to ask how Pamada arrive at the figures used to support their development.

He explained that during a panel hearing into a wind farm development in Victoria an expert witness responded “It’s just a guess” under cross examination on statistics like it will power this many odd homes.

“The guts of the issue is how much power will it actually produce,” he said.

He said in Victoria there have been four reports on how much energy wind farms produce and the State Government there has refused to release the figures and asked residents why this would be, if they produce the power developers say they do.

Mr Dixon said while Pamada had the figures on how much power the development would produce as it formed part of its feasibility study into the development, they were not public information.

“We cannot give facts and figures on how much wind there is for commercial reasons,” he told the Advocate.

“It is commercial-in-confidence.

“We will however continue talking to people in the area on an individual basis and at meetings.

“Our objective is to get as much information out in the community as possible.”

Alysia Ferguson

The Scone Advocate

13 September 2007

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

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